PCs For Dummies Paperback – 14 Sep 2007
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Explaining the fundamentals of personal computing to those who would rather read words than look at pictures, PCs for Dummies tells you everything you need to know in order to use an IBM-compatible PC running Windows 98. Dan Gookin's prose is technically astute and fun to read.
This isn't the book for you if you're looking through a computer catalogue and wondering what all the jargon means (Buying a Computer for Dummies covers that). Rather, this book will help you when you've got the machine into your home and you need to know what to do next. Starting with the process of unpacking the box and plugging in all the cables, this book shows you what to do with your new machine.
After assembly is out of the way, Gookin shows you how to get around in Windows 98 (and Windows 95, which is almost identical). He explains concepts like files, directories, and applications, and frequently explains the exact procedures involved in common tasks like adjusting screen resolution. Once you've heard all about the basics, Gookin goes on to explain modem configuration, printer problems, productivity software, and a fair amount about Internet use. --David Wall, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Easy and entertaining...explains computer terms and walks you through the more complicated aspects of computer life." —New York Daily News
“…I would implore any elderly person thinking about getting a computer to go and get one…” (Teesside Evening Gazette, 19 May 2003)
“…excellent and fun to read…” (Mourne Observer & County Down News, 23 July 2003) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The concept of 'windows', 'files', 'folders' and 'programs' were entirely alien to her and this book didn't help much in providing the answers. She found much of the content repetitious, and the loud humour off-putting. This book wasn't the answer to her absolute beginner needs.
So could nothing help? Was it my mother or was it the book?
Well she's since gone on to buy two other books, supposedly for beginners, and these have helped her progress to the stage where she is now teaching my father how to use the PC.
In short, there are better solutions out there.
Anyway - I am pretty good with PCs (messed around with them for years) and decided to flick through this book that my mum-in-law has recently acquired.
It does a good job of separating the technobabble from the technology and gives good steady walkthroughs of what it deems to be the essentials. I'm sure though that everyone has their own idea of what is `the essentials' and so the book may never satisfy everyone.
The good thing about the non-reliance on techno-speak is that the book doesn't date too badly. I've seen an old edition of this book (2001 edition) and it is still pretty relevant today. It gives an example of a fast PC with 256MB of RAM which is laughable these days - but the book is still handy.
It isn't just the software side of things either that this book tackles - it deals with adjusting your monitor settings, what the various ports on your PC are for, what various components do. I'm not a massive Windows user myself, but the author explains at the beginning of the book that this covers only PCs running Windows based operating systems.
In a nutshell - This is a brilliant book for a PC novice. It doesn't make the reader feel daunted, and it should help inspire confidence. It is funny (even if it does grate after a while!), and even if you can only get your hands on a copy of an old edition - much of the information will still be relevant (unless you are using the ultimate PC slower-upper: Vista! In which case you'll probably need a more recent version as the others may only cover up to XP).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my ex, really wanted a basic how to turn on and off pc type book but this wasn't basic.Published 12 days ago by Jude